Target + Techstars Retail Accelerator Announce The 2017 Class Of Startups



Via News Release

“We are excited to announce the 10 startups that will be joining us in Minneapolis for our 2017 Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target. We kick things off this week and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day on October 11.

The focus of these startups ranges widely—from theft to warranties to personalization—and founders come from as near as Minneapolis and as far as Belgium. While in Minneapolis, the startups will have access to a range of mentors who will provide feedback, answer questions and offer advice to foster the startups’ growth and development.”

More than 150 mentors have once again signed up to mentor this year’s group. This will be our second class to run through the program and we’re planning to build upon the success of last year. Our 2016 Techstars Retail class’ collective fundraise was one of the largest by any Techstars class within the first year. It included mobile enterprise staffing and scheduling tool Branch that is now running a pilot in select distribution and call centers and 130 Target stores. It also featured Inspectorio, a platform for inspecting manufacturer quality assurance that raised a $3.7M seed funding round from Target and have begun operating globally with Target and other global retailers.

Techstars is the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and strong partners and mentors help make this happen. Target continues to be an incredible partner for our Techstars Retail program and we hope to build upon the amazing success of our class last year.

We love this city and know 2017 is going to be an amazing year for Techstars, Target and the Twin Cities Startup Community! Here are the 10 Startups participating in the 2017 Techstars Retail Accelerator:


Air Tailor – New York City, NY – provides expert alteration and repair services for consumers and retailers.


BYBE – Columbus, OH – simplifies digital alcohol promotions for retailers by embedding digital alcohol rebates inside retail applications and websites.



Kokko – San Francisco, CA – is a personalized cosmetic and beauty shopping experience based on color science.



Local Crate – Minneapolis, MN – is the first nationally, local food company by making it easy to cook meals inspired by popular local chefs with seasonal, local ingredients in the comfort of your home.


Find Me A Shoe – India – offers virtual fitting service for online and offline footwear retailers.



Savitude – San Francisco, CA – technology provides recommendations on clothes based on a shopper’s body shape.


Shopturn – New York City, NY – is an on-demand return service for brick & mortar retailers, enabling consumers to return purchases directly from home.


Spotcrowd – Belgium – stops shoplifting by using the crowd & existing IP-cameras.



StoryXpress – India – is a cloud based automated video creation platform for businesses tocreate content quickly and easily.



Upsie – Minneapolis – is a mobile app that’s disrupting the traditional warranty industry by reinventing and demystifying the warranty experience for customers.